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  • When it comes to outdoor furnishings, there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in Frontgate’s philosophy. Oddly, though, veterans of the South Fork house and garden tour circuit don’t typically see seating more exotic than the teak wood used in the traditional benches at Hildreth’s Department Store.

  • It can be challenging to make a mark on the world when your parents are as accomplished as Julia Gruen’s. With a revered artist for a mother and a consummate and prolific writer and photographer for a father, it took all of her adolescence and much of her young adulthood for her to find her own identity.

  • The Parrish Art Museum will hold its annual two-day Landscape Pleasures benefit event on June 7 and 8. The first day is devoted to a morning-long symposium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the second day is the tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  •     The Hamptons International Film Festival will once again present its SummerDocs series of films this season at Guild Hall in East Hampton. Now in its sixth year, the series will premiere on June 21 with “Life Itself,” a film by Steve James, the director of “Hoop Dreams,” about the film critic Roger Ebert.

  •     In addition to its three Main Stage productions, reported on separately, Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre has a busy season of comedy events planned, as well as its annual benefit in July.

  •     This year, Guild Hall has a packed summer of events with offerings in a variety of formats and genres, including theatrical performance, stand-up comedy, film screenings, live music, and talks on fashion, art, and even food.

        In addition to “Red,” a play by John Logan on Mark Rothko, now in production through June 8, the John Drew Theater will have “Clever Little Lies,” beginning July 16 and running through Aug. 2. The comedy stars Marlo Tho­mas.

  •     If you were to dismiss the floral studies of Linda Etcoff and the knitted pieces of Laurie Lambrecht as mere women’s work, you would not only be incorrect but would miss out on two worthy exhibitions at the Drawing Room gallery in East Hampton.

  •     Anthropologists and archaeologists often say that much can be learned about a culture by its trash. That may be less true today with recycling, or perhaps even more so.

  •     Hopes and excitement ran high this year for the Guild Hall artist-members show, an annual event that brings the South Fork artistic community together for one of the largest shows in the region. More than 470 artists, the most ever, submitted work to be placed on the walls of the three main galleries, everyone hoping to be recognized by Robert Storr, a former curator at the Museum of Modern Art and the dean of the Yale School of Art.

  • Melville Straus, a longtime champion of Guild Hall as its chairman and a distinguished and successful businessman, died after a long illness with brain cancer on Thursday in New York City.

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  • The Water Mill Museum is holding its annual quilt show through Sept. 14. A tradition spanning almost three decades, the show features dozens of quilts hung and draped over every available surface, making a riot of color and patterns throughout the old mill space.

    Each is hand-crafted and reasonably priced for both new and vintage pieces. There are traditional quilts, baby quilts, and crazy quilts.

    A special queen-sized quilt up for raffle features shades of blue and yellow and will be awarded to a winning ticket on Oct. 11 at the museum’s Bowls of Plenty event.

  • There are only three more performances of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at Mulford Farm, presented by the Hamptons Independent Theater Festival, known more familiarly as HITFest. If you can, see all three.

    The two-hour production is a delight from start to finish, harnessing a bit of Ariel’s magic to make the spare set and staging as engaging as the acting is polished and professional, rivaling Public Theater productions in Central Park I’ve seen over the years.

  • The Watermill Center held its benefit “One Thousand Nights and One Night/Sleepless Nights of Sheherazade” on Saturday night with Jim Jarmusch playing guitar in the Zen room and guests such as Philip Glass and Isabelle Huppert milling about the grounds. The party raised $2.2 million for the center’s International Summer Program and its year-round artists residencies and education programs.

  • Although Southampton Town police officers did their best to keep traffic moving on County Road 39, drivers heading to the fair mixing with the regular summer evening traffic made for a messy commute on Thursday night.

  • “White Hot + Blue” was the theme of this year’s LongHouse Reserve’s benefit in East Hampton on Saturday and the grounds and guests were done up just right.

  • Susan and Stanley Reifer will open their Bridgehampton garden on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. through the Garden Conservency.

    The garden was designed by Jian Guo Xu, Chinese artist who has incorporate Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism on the garden's five acres. The garden includes pavilions, bridges, and water features accessed by winding paths.

    The garden is at 5 Paumanok Road, Bridgehampton and  admission is $5.

  • The Parrish Art Museum’s sold-out Midsummer Party on Saturday night raised $1.25 million and attracted some 1,000 guests.

    The event honored Inga Maren Otto, a philanthropist, and Katharina Otto-Bernstein, a filmmaker and author.

  • Thursday night was the night to be in Bridgehampton. Long lines of cars snaked through the back roads and front roads around the Bridgehampton Museum and Nova's Ark where two annual art fairs have taken up residence for the next few days.

    It was the opening night for both ArtHamptons and Art Market Hamptons and even those with black cards, VIP passes, or other bells and whistles on their forms of entry had a tough time negotiating parking.

    Inside, however, all was lively and fun, as these photos of the Art Market Hamptons fair by Morgan McGivern demonstrate. 

  • An auction benefiting LongHouse Reserve is open for bidding now at Paddle 8. The sale is being held in conjunction with the East Hampton garden and art center’s annual benefit on July 19.

  • Filmmakers participating in the Stony Brook Southampton’s summer shorts 20-day intensive production workshop were given a warm welcome on Monday with an opening discussion with Todd Haynes, the director of “Far from Heaven,” “Velvet Goldmine,” “I’m Not There,” “Mildred Pierce,” “Safe,” and many other original and provocative films.

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